strawberries

Fancy Farms co-founder plans to step down

“Since 1974 and still learning” is the business philosophy of Carl Grooms, a longtime strawberry grower in central Florida. Grooms is president and co-founder of Fancy Farms, a Plant City growing operation. He and his... more »

Astin Farms expands into blueberries

Sam Astin III started as a medium-sized Florida strawberry grower. By considerably expanding his acreage, he became one of the state’s leading strawberry growers. Always looking to the future, Astin recently increased his blueberry production,... more »

Program certifies farmers treat their workers fairly

After his farm became completely certified organic three decades ago, Jim Cochran had a thought: Why not certify employment practices the same way you certify farming practices? Cochran, owner of Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport,... more »

Researchers hope to extend Northeast’s berry growing season

June marks the start of what many here in the Northeast believe is the sweetest part of summer — berry season. It's a time ripe with strawberry festivals, pick-your-own-berries and local farmers' markets. For berry... more »

Naturipe celebrates 100th anniversary

Naturipe Farms celebrated its one hundred year anniversary with the growers and staff of one of the company’s partner-owners, Naturipe Berry Growers (NBG), on Friday, May 5. The festivities were held at the Naturipe headquarters... more »

Set strawberry alarm clock for post-apple bloom

Growers who time their strawberries to bloom just after apples do can reap a better harvest, according to new research. When apple trees blossom, the sheer abundance of flowers attracts most of the pollinators, which... more »

Alabama fruit crop braves cold temperatures

Exceptionally low temperatures in mid-March were worrisome for peach, blueberry and strawberry producers. With portions of North Alabama sinking into the low 20s and Central and South Alabama slipping below 30 degrees, producers and Alabama... more »

Dual Magnum labeled for Michigan strawberries

Syngenta Crop Protection has added summer squash and strawberry to the Dual Magnum (S-metolachlor) Michigan 24c SLN label. Dual Magnum is a pre-emergence herbicide that provides suppression of several annual grasses and broadleaves, and also... more »

Southern crops impacted by deep freeze

A deep freeze in the Southeast has done considerable damage to crops in Georgia and South Carolina. Georgia's blueberries and South Carolina's peaches have been nearly wiped out, according to ABC News. Other crops like... more »

Freezing temperatures threaten Alabama strawberry, peach crops

The threat of freezing temperatures in Alabama quickly shifted strawberry growers from production mode into protection mode. Producers of both fruits are making preparations to protect their crops from frost and freezing temperatures. Alabama Cooperative... more »


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